Latest News for HBO's Documentary

HBO Documentaries are a cornerstone of the network's premium lineup. Unlike anything done on other networks- HBO empowers filmmakers to explore their world and share it with the rest of us through their eyes. Academy Award winning films have been launched on HBO and great documentaries are produced year in and year out. Air times vary so keep an eye on this page for the latest updates or check out our schedule page above. We're one of the only sites on the web that reviews all of HBO's Docs. The following is the latest news and commentary on HBO's documentary films.

HBO Documentary Films: PACKED IN A TRUNK: THE LOST ART OF EDITH LAKE WILKINSON

HBO Documentary Films: PACKED IN A TRUNK: THE LOST ART OF EDITH LAKE WILKINSON

Overview: Jane Anderson has a story about her great-aunt, Edith Lake Wilkinson. One day in the mid-1960s, Jane’s mother suggested to her sister-in-law that they go up into the attic, where they discovered hundreds of Edith’s paintings packed into trunks. Jane’s mother brought the paintings back to California, and Jane grew up surrounded by Edith’s work. Back in 1924, Edith had been committed to an asylum at the age of 57, and Jane has spent much of her adult life trying to figure out how she got there. Piecing together fragments of information, Jane knows that Edith left her family home in 1888 to study art in New York. She met a...

HBO Documentary Films: MY DEPRESSION (The Up and Down and Up of It)

HBO Documentary Films: MY DEPRESSION (The Up and Down and Up of It)

Overview: Famed Broadway writer, director and composer Elizabeth Swados has struggled with depression her whole life. In MY DEPRESSION (THE UP AND DOWN AND UP OF IT), she shares her experiences with this often-misunderstood condition to make a difficult and sometimes taboo topic more accessible and understandable. Based on Swados’ graphic memoir “My Depression: A Picture Book,” and featuring the voices of Sigourney Weaver (as Swados), Steve Buscemi, Fred Armisen and Dan Fogler. Simultaneously heartfelt and entertaining, this documentary illuminates the symptoms, emotions and side effects of the disorder through witty animation, comedy...

Is the HBO Documentary Series THE JINX 2 possible?

Is the HBO Documentary Series THE JINX 2 possible?

You were among those glued to HBO’s airing of the documentary series THE JINX: THE LIFE AND DEATHS OF ROBERT DURST earlier this year, right? The six episode limited series, or miniseries or whatever it is classified, held audience’s attention as murder suspect Robert Durst allowed cameras to be turned on him. The crimes, as best they could be pieced together, were reenacted and Durst was interviewed. What was revealed was creepy, odd and disturbing the whole way up to its final moments. Since then, THE JINX (by Andrew Jarecki, pictured) was entangled in a bit of controversy as to how it how/when it was shot. The bigger news was that...

HBO Documentary Films: LARRY KRAMER IN LOVE & ANGER

HBO Documentary Films: LARRY KRAMER IN LOVE & ANGER

Overview: Author, activist and playwright Larry Kramer is a political firebrand who gave voice to the outrage and grief that inspired a generation of gay men and lesbians to fight for their lives. This pioneering activist co-founded Gay Men’s Health Crisis and ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), where his calls for direct action protest made AIDS a national issue, forever changing public health policy. This documentary is highlighted by present-day footage as he reminisces about his life in the midst of battling complications from a liver transplant and a decade of living with HIV. Featuring unprecedented access to Kramer in his...

HBO Documentary Films: REQUIEM FOR THE DEAD: AMERICAN SPRING 2014

HBO Documentary Films: REQUIEM FOR THE DEAD: AMERICAN SPRING 2014

Overview: More than 32,000 people die from gun violence every year in America, an average of 88 people per day. REQUIEM FOR THE DEAD: AMERICAN SPRING 2014 highlights a few of the estimated 8,000 individuals who died from gunfire that spring, drawing exclusively on found media – news accounts, police investigations and social media – to shine a light on little-known stories of tragic loss, bringing the victims to life in their own words and images. Whether by homicide, accident or suicide, a wide cross-section of Americans – men and women, young and old, from every racial background – are victims and perpetrators of such gun violence....

Affleck & Damon’s Project Greenlight Premieres in September

Affleck & Damon’s Project Greenlight Premieres in September

HBO’s September 2015 schedule is finally taking shape.  While there may not be any confirmed “flagship dramas” coming our way this fall HBO has just announced three smaller series that will debut instead. First up is Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s documentary that chronicles how a new director gets a movie made.  Here’s how HBO describes it: The documentary series PROJECT GREENLIGHT, chronicling the search for a first-time director and exploring the filmmaking process, launches its eight-episode season SUNDAY, SEPT. 13 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT). Spanning the entire filmmaking process, it takes a revealing,...

Documentary Development Slate: SONIC HIGHWAYS 2 and More

Documentary Development Slate: SONIC HIGHWAYS 2 and More

Here is a quick catch up on a few items we found on the documentary front that are in HBO’s future. You are watching HBO documentaries, right?   Foo Fighters Announce SONIC HIGHWAYS 2  We don’t know how many of you enjoyed Foo Fighter’s SONIC HIGHWAYS but it officially becomes a documentary series as the band and HBO plan a followup season. We have confirmation on that because of comments Foo Fighter’s front man Dave Grohl gave in a video interview with NME, or New Musical Express, the weekly music magazine out of Britain. Here are those comments. The comments don’t make clear just when all this will happen as it will take...

HBO Documentary Films: THE LION’S MOUTH OPENS

HBO Documentary Films: THE LION’S MOUTH OPENS

Overview: Huntington’s disease is an incurable hereditary degenerative brain disorder that results in the progressive loss of mental faculties and physical control. In the acclaimed documentary THE LION’S MOUTH OPENS, two-time Academy Award nominee Lucy Walker (HBO’s Emmy-winning THE CRASH REEL and THE TSUNAMI AND THE CHERRY BLOSSOM) follows courageous young filmmaker and actress Marianna Palka (pictured) as she gathers her friends to find out if she has inherited Huntington’s from her father. Featuring interviews with Palka, her mother and her friends, including actors Jason Ritter and Bryce Dallas Howard, as well as home movies...

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